As it is now an artist’s discography lists out release-groups, but since release-date is not a property of release-group (spoiler: I think it should be!), the sort order is calculated from the earliest dates on the mediums (releases).
We often only have re-releases that came out months, years or even decades after the original vinyl (or shellac) and it completely messes up the chronology and it looks bad.
- The first album listed is really the third chronologically
- The debut album was released in 1969 but only a CD re-release from 1998 is entered so it ends up as number 14 on the list.
I realize this is a complex issue but in light of a UI/UX redesign being in the works I think it should at least be discussed.
EDIT: As I posted this I realized that the “cheapest” solution to this problem is of course to just to write out a disclaimer under the Discography header explaining why the list isn’t necessarily chronologically correct.